We are thrilled that the applications are flowing in for the Products of Design Summer Program at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France, this upcoming July 10 - 16, but we'll be ending the application window soon so wanted to remind you to get yours in. We are looking for (maximum) 20 exceptionally creative, fun, and curious participants who will immerse themselves in a hands-on week of design thinking, design making, and design doing. (There will be quite a bit of "design telling" as well, not including ghost stories by the campfire.) Below is s bit of copy from the website, but please get those applications in quickly. We are open to students, teachers, and creatives of all kinds.
And if you're interested in the upcoming MFA in Products of Design launching in fall 2012, the workshop in France will bag you 1 graduate credit.
This special workshop is an immersive, multi-disciplinary experience exploring the rapidly changing field of product design. Held in Boisbuchet, France, the program will stress a hands-on, making-driven approach to create new points of entry into the enterprise of design. In addition to intensive study, students will have the opportunity to swim in the estate's lake, canoe and kayak, take walks through the surrounding woods and relax at the nearby river. Participants feast on farm-to-table nightly dinners with attendees from the two other Boisbuchet workshops taking place that week (approximately 90 people including staff), meeting designers from all over the world, and making life-long friendships.
Each day, several facets of the design process will be explored: rapid sketching, brainstorming, materials investigation, prototyping, model building, iteration, narrative creation, sustainability and environmental stewardship. We will complement the studio work with lively debates around the current mandates of design, the challenges of production and consumption, and design's ability to create value and positive social change. The evenings will offer fun, lectures and discussions.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.